August 10, 2012 — UVaExpress, the University of Virginia's free program that greets international first-year and transfer students and transports them to Grounds from Dulles and Charlottesville airports, is seeking volunteers for its 2012 program, scheduled for Aug. 20 and 21. The deadline to register to volunteer is Wednesday.
Organizers from U.Va.'s Office of Engagement expect a record number of participants this year and volunteers are critical to the success of the program. Individuals may volunteer in many different capacities, including serving as a bus captain, hospitality center greeter, Dulles Airport greeter or on-Grounds driver to deliver students to their dorms.
Volunteer descriptions and a registration form are online.
Volunteering for UVaExpress may count toward an employee's work hours on their timesheets. Employees should be sure to check with their supervisors, as many of the shifts will require them to be absent during the workday.
Last year more than 200 students and their family members participated in the program, which was staffed by 100 volunteers from across the University and Charlottesville community.
A past participant said: "After traveling literally halfway across the world on a 24-hour plane ride, there is nothing better than a heart-warming welcome from the volunteers of UVaExpress. It was the first time I ever stepped into the United States; thanks for easing my anxiety and for making sure that I arrive safely in U.Va."